Witnessing the Amazing People of Houston

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The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in and around Houston, Texas is unbelievable. And, it’s right in my backyard.

Since I was driving, I couldn’t take a lot of pictures of the affected neighborhoods, but the devastation is just incredible. In one of these pictures you’ll notice the letter C in red painted on the house. It’s notify rescuers that the house is CLEAR of people. If there were people inside it would have a let H for HOME.

The people in one neighbourhood I visited are just starting to return because there was still water in their house 10 days after the storm blew through.

Many families have endured a lot, but everyone I spoke still had a sense of humor. Conversations often included quips and bad puns. Funny and not funny.

They teared up when they spoke with passion about their neighbors and families. They were tired but were finding the energy to keep going. They are strong.

They are determined to bring their neighbourhood back again. Most dream of making it even better. Each one talked of a silver lining. I was blessed by witnessing their strength and determination and outlook.

I have been amazed by the generosity of people near and far, strangers that supported each other in time of need. With Irma and Maria, I’m almost certain we will see more unification and less division. We will work together toward the same goal, putting aside differences. I haven’t been here in Texas long, but I want to sincerely say thank you to everyone that has helped.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt. 

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